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Information laundering in the Pacific

By Bruce Hill You’ve heard of money laundering, right? Where criminals take dirty money and conceal its origins by funnelling it through legitimate businesses or foreign banks? Well for a long time now, something...

Building a coalition for openness in Asia

By Shiro Armstrong President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda is a dramatic departure from US leadership of a multilateral order that has been the guiding norm for over 70 years. That order defines the...

Sovereignty, Brexit and the Irish border

By Mike Scrafton The Irish border is a potent symbol and evidence of how innovative policy can resolve seemingly intractable problems. The extreme political violence that plagued Northern Ireland and Britain only ended with...

Kofi Annan’s achievement

By Ramesh Thakur Kofi Annan deserves to be remembered as a near-exemplary United Nations secretary-general (SG). Great chief executives need a guiding vision for the exercise of authority, and all the more so when...

Getting realistic about the South Pacific

By James Batley Advocates of stronger and more effective Australian engagement in the South Pacific face a couple of entrenched structural challenges. First, the region is hardly critical to Australia’s economic future—the South Pacific...

The Indo-Pacific and the Blue Pacific

By Wesley Morgan Recent months have seen an intensification of diplomatic activity in the Pacific Ocean, as traditional powers and new friends alike have redoubled their courtship of island administrations. Much of this activity...

Mattis’ Team Moves In, Promising Reforms

By Paul McLeary A slew of new civilian officials are settling in at the Pentagon, adding muscle to promises of change in how the military develops and buys technology, and how fast it can...

Why is anti-Semitism returning to Germany?

By Mark Leonard Though the British Labour Party’s anti-Semitism scandal has dominated headlines in the United Kingdom of late, there is a more profound debate with the same theme taking place in Germany. Most...

The five-domains update

By Aakriti Bachhawat, Rebecca Moore, Aru Kok and Georgia Grice Sea state The US has announced a plan to deploy a hospital ship to Colombia to assist with the Venezuelan refugee crisis. The schedule...

What’s in the pipeline for Merkel and Putin?

By Jacqueline Westermann Schloss Meseberg is a Baroque-style palace that serves as the official guest house of the German federal government. It sits in an idyllic location 70 kilometres north of the capital, and...

Promotion List

By Russian Defense Policy President Vladimir Putin issued his latest general and flag officer promotion list on June 11 for Russian Federation Day. The MOD promotees included six two-stars (5 general-lieutenants and a vice-admiral)...

Promotion List

By Russian Defense Policy President Vladimir Putin issued his latest general and flag officer promotion list on June 11 for Russian Federation Day. The MOD promotees included six two-stars (5 general-lieutenants and a vice-admiral)...

Promotion List

By Russian Defense Policy President Vladimir Putin issued his latest general and flag officer promotion list on June 11 for Russian Federation Day. The MOD promotees included six two-stars (5 general-lieutenants and a vice-admiral)...

Talking Turkey about the F-35

By Marcus Hellyer One of the reasons countries support indigenous defence industries is to ensure their sovereign control over defence capabilities. The argument is that by having the ability to design, manufacture and sustain...

A new perspective on aid delivery

By Richard Curtain It is rare to get a real insight into the differences within and between agencies in how aid is delivered. A new book, Navigation by Judgment: Why and When Top-down Management...

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